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Earthly Concerns

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Between love and loss, there is obligation…

It was a peaceful night when Barrett and his daughter were driving home… then something happened. Something sinister.

Between shadow and light, there is uncertainty…

Now the only person Barrett can turn to for help is Anson, a man gifted with psychic abilities beyond reason. But Anson is also his ex-boyfriend, a man whose heart he’d
Published 2012 by Seventh Window Publications
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May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Gregory Allen
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
After attending the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC, I decided to stretch myself as a reader and step outside of my usual reading box. I will occasionally pick up a M/M book, but never one that was mixed with a paranormal story line. In Earthly Concerns, Xavier Axelson has taken what I love of Dean Koontz & my former addiction to The X Files (added enough erotica to make it titillating) and had me flipping chapters quickly as I wanted to see how Anson would help his ex boyfriend and where this ques ...more
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all who like an elegant horror story with their m/m fiction
Reviewed for and posted first at Joyfully Jay:

Rating: 4.25 stars

It was supposed to be a simple drive home for Barrett and his young daughter, Hilary. But she was restless. Kept saying there was something, a large black bird, on the roof of the car. Then they crashed and when he came to his daughter was missing. Not dead, not run away, gone. In desperation and half out of his mind, Barrett turns to the man he rejected, whose heart he had broken because he could not accept his own sexuality, Anson
T.A. Webb
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Anson has a very special talent. He doesn’t share about it, but since he and Barrett were seeing each other, he thought it safe to tell him. He really didn’t think he would remember not care that Anson was…sensitive…to things on the other side. Especially since Barrett backed away, didn’t want to see him any more.

But when Barrett is in a car accident and his daughter mysteriously disappears, he calls and asks for Anson’s help. The police have investigated and can’t find her. And Barrett is slowl
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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This was a rather quick and easy read but I did find it enjoyable none the less, I do love a good man love read. The imagery was very well described throughout; it really helped you get entranced in the story and gave the read a spooky edge. This was very much a paranormal read, with a sprinkling of steam. I found myself wanting to read more about Anson and Barrett’s past, more about how Barrett came to be a father, what they will do now that they have rediscovered each other. I really liked the ...more
N.L. Gassert
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it

This was my first but certainly not last novel by Xavier Axelson. There’s something disjointed about reading an eerie, shadow-filled paranormal under the bright Hawaiian sun, but Axelson did a great job of pulling me in and making me forget that I was reading at the beach.

Anson struggles with the classic gift-is-a-curse trope in a very realistic and understated way. Although his talent and the help he can render are integral to the story, it’s a paranormal after all, it’s his struggle to come to
Angela Crawford
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella.

Earthly Concerns is a story about second chances when all hope seems lost. This was an odd story for me. I liked the character of Anson, a psychic who must help the man who broke his heart get his daughter back from the evil that has taken her. I could sympathize with him most of the time because we all know what it feels like to be in love with someone who is bad for and
Jeff Erno
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
If I were smarter I'd probably have enjoyed this story much more than I did when I read it. I just am not knowledgeable of the symbolism. I don't understand what the beetles represent, or the tree, or the crystal. I don't know who this demon was or why it had targeted Barrett. Am I supposed to sit and contemplate each of these details and draw my own conclusions, or did I miss something that was obvious to other readers?

Still, I do enjoy creepy stories, and I like that this one was so thought-pr
Sammy Goode
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"There is no love for you with this man. He is heartache, shadow on top of shadow."

Anson hears voices...sees images...feels things that, to the naked eye, seem not to exist. He lives with the knowledge that most people do not believe in his "abilities". In fact, apart from his Aunt Cyn, who also has the "gift" we are given the impression that his is a solitary existence, often bereft of any companionship or love.

It is with this knowledge then, that Xavier Axelson thrusts us into his no
Nikki McCarver
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is no question about it, I really enjoy Xavier's books. Earthly Concerns was no exception. Anson has a special gift. He is able to see the in between. He is also able to see the past and the future. It is a gift or a curse depending on what day it is. So usually, its a curse. His aunt has been his teacher throughout his life and reminds him of the responsibility of having such powers. If you can see, you must help. The last person in the world he would have imagined asking him for help was ...more
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